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  • Fairy Tales Every Child Should Know

  • By: Hamilton Wright Mabie
  • Narrated by: Samantha Worthen
  • Length: 11 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 286
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 229
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 228

This volume contains a collection of fairy tales from a wide array of classical works. These immortal tales include "The Enchanted Stag", "Twelve Brothers", "Puss in Boots", "Jack and the Beanstalk", "The Princess and the Pea", "The Ugly Duckling", "The Light Princess", "Beauty and the Beast", "Hansel and Gretel", "Jack the Giant Killer", "The Second Voyage of Sinbad the Sailor", and "The Story of Aladdin, or the Wonderful Lamp".

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I love it

  • By Chris Stringer on 06-26-15

Strong racist and misogynistic undertones

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-03-17

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The stories were poor translations of the originals (from German, Arabic, etc.). The translator made a point to emphasize any racist facets of the stories that they could. Further, none of the stories hold any morals, lessons, or virtues. The stories all end with the handsome prince gaining possession of the pretty girl (even if he's grown and she's 8) with no basis on either's character, but rather on beauty and wealth.
These may be fairy tales that every child has known for generations, but that doesn't mean that any child actually should learn them.

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